After a bout of begging on Twitter, which should have a special term (twegging?), we have 51 brave souls taking The TBR Double Dog Dare from as far away as Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. Good luck to everyone.
I did manage to do some reading over the holidays in spite of having to re-do the floor in the basement which flooded during the big rain we got here in Northern California this year. When I say re-do, I mean rip out the warped wood tiles and slap a coat of paint on it. I use the ruined part of the basement as my studio so I don’t really need a fancy floor. I’ll get some cheap carpets later this month and we’re going to call it a day until some future real estate agent tells us we need to fix the floor in order to find a buyer. But that’s years away!
I finally dropped my little Chrome book one too many time this week so I’m on a new computer now. My second new computer, actually. The first one—well— you get what you pay for. What I got was not acceptable, so I exchanged it for this one, it and 140 dollars, and now I have a pretty good computer. It’s even got a touch screen which I didn’t know when I bought it. See, there was this ant crawling across the screen…..
And we have ants. Did I mention that we have ants.
We’re working on getting rid of them but ants are persistent if they’re anything.
Tomorrow I go back to work, so I’ll finally be doing my semester grading later today. Perhaps after I finish typing this rambling post. There’s not really that much to do but I have to enter it all into the computer and figure out final grades for the semester so I won’t have much of a Sunday.
Then back to work tomorrow. I’m trying to go back with a new attitude. I’ve not really had a very good year so far; so I’ll be making some changes in my classroom, doing a few new things and bringing back a couple of old ones. One nice thing about working with middle school age students is that the first day after winter break is almost a second first day of school. It’s nice to get a chance to re-start everything just about fresh.
If I do get my work done with time to spare I have a Karin Fossum book next to me called Don’t Look Back which I’m anxious to start. I just finished the second in Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman series very early this morning. It was fun. Then, I think I’m going to leave both crime and the apocalypse behind for a few books and delve into the deep recesses of my TBR bookcase.
Or maybe this stack of library books I checked out on New Year’s Eve.